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BOULDER, Colo. - Wild Oats Markets Inc., a leading national natural and organic foods retailer, today announced Edward F. Dunlap has been named chief financial officer of the company, effective Dec. 17, 2001. He succeeds Frances Rathke, who has served in the position on an interim basis since July of this year when former CFO, Mary Beth Lewis, left the company.
Dunlap brings more than 20 years of financial planning and management experience in retail and consumer products industries. Most recently he was with global clothing retailer, Gap Inc. as vice president and finance director of the company's European division. Dunlap has also served in key financial leadership positions at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Worldwide Inc., PepsiCo Inc. Worldwide Beverages and the B.F. Goodrich Company.
"With extensive operating experience, proven financial management abilities and a consumer retailing background, Ed has the right blend of experience and knowledge to help drive our next phase of development and expansion," said Perry Odak, president and CEO of Wild Oats. "Ed brings a professional business acumen and track record of financial success that will enhance and complete our executive team."